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at the base of the Wasatch Range, where 
its deeply seamed front towers high and precipitously 
toward the sky, lies Provo, the "Garden City" of Utah. 
The pioneers of Utah entered the Great Salt Lake Val- 
ley in the fall of 1847, and in the following spring a small party 
from this body started south on an exploring expedition. Im- 
mediately on reaching the summit of the divide, between what 
are now Salt Lake and Utah Counties, they gazed southward, 
and beheld stretched out before them, calm and undisturbed, 
a beautiful sheet of water some thirty miles in length, hemmed 
in on all sides by towering peaks, with yet enough of plain to 
tempt the settler, and with many streams pouring out from 
rugged ravines, threading their silvery way through the un- 
cultivated area until lost amid the sleeping waters of the lake. 
Roaming along the banks of these rivers in search of game, 
and about the shores of the lake, was a tribe of Indians who 
possessed the spot as their own. They were the "Utes," 
though the opinion of some is that they properly should be 
called "Pah Utes," or "Water Utes." The fact seems to be 
that not only this lake and Utah County, but even the territory, 
ultimately derived the name "Utah" from this tribe, and that 
"Piute" county is only "Pah Ute" corrupted, or improved, as 
we may choose to think. 

Be this as it may, the exploring party, satisfied with the 
inviting appearance of the spot, reported favorably, and a 
party soon started south to colonize the newly discovered 
section. An agreement was made with the Indians by which 
the pioneers were permitted to locate in the new valley, and a 
fort was built at a point a short distance below the spot where 



the Denver & Rio Grande Railway track now spans the " Tim- 
panogas" River. 

Accessions to the new settlement caused an extension of 
its borders, and, as circumstances permitted it, the tendency 
seemed to be to go closer to the mountains on the east. Ulti- 
mately the first site of Provo or "Utah Fort," was abandoned, 
and the city built a little further away from the " Timpanogas ' r 
River, which now supplies Provo with water. 

How the place came to be called Provo, is not an absolutely 
settled point; but the more plausible explanation, and that 


most generally credited, is found in the following story: Gen- 
eral Fremont, on his first exploring trip to the Pacific, passed 
through this valley when returning eastward. Before leaving 
the Missouri River on his journey westward, the General bought 
a fine blooded animal from a Frenchman named "Proveau." 
This animal carried him to the Chores of the Pacific and as far 
as our valley on his return, when it sickened and died. The 
" Pathfinder" had become greatly attached to the horse, and 
named the spot where it was buried after the animal itself, it 
having been known by the name of the Frenchman from whom 
Fremont had purchased it. The other theory is that " Provo'* 
is so called after an old mountaineer and trapper who made 


the valley, the border of Utah Lake, and the course of the 
" Timpanogas v River the scene of his periodical hunting and 
trapping visits. 

The word "Timpanogas," signifies "rushing water," or, 
putting it more graphically, " rocky torrent," or the tumultuous 
rushing of water over a rocky bed. 


The early history of Provo, if written, would be devoted in- 
the main to a recital of extreme hardships, resulting from bit- 
ter and almost incessant Indian wars. While the pioneers of 
that place were permitted to establish themselves by a friendly 
arrangement with the red men, it did not long continue. The> 
Indians soon began a characteristic and most violent warfare- 
upon the hardy settlers. In founding this now fruitful and 
prosperous locality, not a few of the best men were killed. It 


was practically a continuous struggle, with brief seasons only 
for the pursuit of agriculture. But as the early settlers had 
gone there to stay, and were possessed of that courage which 
is characteristic of the men who settled this territory, the 
locality prospered and grew, notwithstanding the Indian depre- 
dations and the loss of many able men in the predatory warfare 
which the Indians so persistently maintained. There is left, 
it is true, little or no trace of the struggles through which this 
thriving city was founded; and only occasionally, as the mind 
of some veteran reverts to earlier days, do those now enjoying 
the peace and prosperity which prevail here, realize, even in 


the most distant sense, how dearly the blessings by which 
they are surrounded were purchased. Pleasant it is, and 
sweet, to behold these cultivated fields and numberless homes 
where the people dwell in comfort, surrounded by the luxuries 
of modern times; but few there are who can appreciate the 
extent of labor that has been performed to bring about the de- 
lightful results which everywhere in this valley charm the eye. 
But if the thoughtful will pause and consider through what 
struggles these results have been achieved, the sense of ad- 
miration for the persevering toil of those who founded this 
prosperous commonwealth must overshadow all other feelings 
and leave little room for other sentiments than those in which 
reverence for the pioneers predominate. It is impossible to 


estimate the extent of wealth contained in the canals and 
ditches by which the fruitful acres of this valley are watered. 
How slowly, and with what excess of unyielding toil, these? 
were built, only those who participated in the work can realize. 
The wealth, not only of this valley, but of our whole territory, 
is represented more in its canals and irrigating ditches than in 
any other direction perhaps more than in all other directions 
combined. Millions of dollars in the hardest coin the honest 
sweat of honest men have been spent in canals; and those 


who live to-day, who prosper and enjoy comforts that, without 
these canals, would be unknown here, can never fully sens& 
how great is their indebtedness to those who fought and 
worked, who worked and fought, that this county and this- 
city might be. 


Provo is the capital of Utah County. This county is second 
in population in Utah. The city is surrounded by one of the- 
richest agricultural sections in the whole territory; there being- 
settlements continuously north and south of it, and around the- 
western base of the Wasatch Mountains ? or a distance of 



forty miles. The people are prosperous, and unitedly strive to 
promote, as well as participate in a growth which is now quite 
rapid, not only in the city, but also in the entire county. Being 
the first born of the county, and its capital, Provo has naturally 


been built up more rapidly and more solidly than its neighbors. 
The population of the city is between 5,000 and 6,000. 

It is a peculiarity of this place, that all who make it their 
home, become thoroughly and substantially identified with it, 
-working unitedly for its prosperity and progress. 


If Provo is so favorably situated as a place for the build- 
ing of a home, it is no less desirable as a locality for the invest- 



merit of means and for the establishment of manufacturing 
enterprises. Surrounded by boundless resources, prominent 
among which are almost limitless agricultural opportunities 
which lend substantial aid to the mining investment, the mar. 
vel is that comparatively so little advancement has been 
made, situated almost in the heart of the Territory, considered 
-as to population, and nearly in the centre geographically, 


Provo is rapidly being viewed as the coming seat for manufac- 
turing in Utah. Its fitness for the position is the more pre- 
sumable from the fact that no other point along the western 
base of the Wasatch, situated as near the centre in trade and 
population, possesses equal facilities either in the matter of 
power for operating manufactures, or in the abundance of re- 
sources easy of access and upon which industries may be 

Unlimited manufacturing opportunities once conceded, the 
Jiext point in connection with the growth of manufacture in 


this section is the ease with which ingress and egress may be 
obtained by means of railroads for the exportation of the 
goods manufactured, for the supply of coal, and if it be neces- 
sary, for the inbringing of raw material. That Provo is 
blessed with these advantages in abundance will be clearly 
shown in this pamphlet. 


In an economical sense, the chief feature of Provo is its 
opportunities for the founding of manufactures. Its water 
power, extending a distance almost of seven miles without di- 
minishing the force of the stream, or interfering with its util- 
ity for irrigating purposes, is inferior to none in the Rocky 
Mountain Region. The "Timpanogas" is a constant and un- 
failing source of industrial power, and scarcely any limit can 
be placed to the possibilities it presents for the operation of 



any number of manufactures that may be built upon its banks. 
It is already the site of the largest Woolen Mill Manufactur- 
ing establishment in the west, the "Provo Woolen Mills," 
and the marked success being achieved in this branch of local 
industry, points emphatically to the assured prosperity of 
other industries, on equal scale, when the needed capital is in- 
vested in the many other directions for which the locality is so 
eminently fitted. 

It may also be well to add that in recent years the sinking 
of artesian wells has been introduced with results astonishing- 
ly successful. There seems to be no limit to the subterranean 
reservoirs over which, not only Provo, but Utah County gen- 


erally is located ; and what is more striking still, is the fact 
that, on the average, these wells require to be sunk less than 
200 feet in order to obtain a good supply of water, almost un- 
excelled for its purity and admirably adapted both for culinary 
purposes and for irrigation. Another interesting feature in 
this connection, is the fact that there is no perceptible diminu- 
tion in the water in wells already in existence by the sinking 
of new ones. It is, therefore, reasonably inferred that practic- 
ally no limit can be placed to the supply. Arrangements are 
now making for the sinking of a huge well on the elevated 
plateau north of the city, by Denver parties ; and the persons 
interested are so confident of success that the securing of 
water means to them simply a matter of the time necessary 



to sink the required depth. These wells, as before stated, 
being valuable for irrigating purposes, there can be no reason- 
able probability of a time coming when there will be a lack of 
water for all purposes in and about the city of Provo. As to- 
the quality of the water supplied by the Timpanogas River, it 
need only be said that a brighter, a purer and a clearer stream 
is nowhere to be found. Distributed over the fields, running 
through the charming "Garden City" in countless uncovered 
streams that adorn either side of each street and afford moist- 


ure for the shade trees everywhere abounding, it gives a fresh- 
ness and a perennial delight peculiar to few other cities in the 
world, outside of Utah. 


In Utah County, not far from Provo City, are situated vast 
iron fields capable of furnishing millions of tons of ore for the 
manufacture of iron, so free in its nature that it is used as a 
flux in the smelters of Salt Lake Valley. This will yet find 
labor for thousands of people and bring in return millions of 
dollars annually to the territory, and to this city and county 
more particularly, when the day arrives that Utah iron re- 
ceives the attention which its magnitude merits. There has 


been incorporated in Provo a company known as "The Utah 
Valley Iron Mining and Manufacturing Company," its present 
officers and board of directors being John E. Booth, president ~ 
Walter R. Pike, vice-president ; Wilson H. Dusenberrjr 
treasurer ; A. O. Smoot, Jr., secretary ; A. A. Noon, 


superintendent. These, with Amos D. Holdaway and 
Thomas Beesley, constitute the directors. The company 
proposes soon to begin the manufacture of iron. The- 
property owned consists of large bodies of iron ore r . 
situated on the east hills of the Tintic Mining District, 
less than thirty miles from Provo City. The company's- 
possessions extend over a tract of land of some 340 acres, and 



contain, one might almost declare, absolutely inexhaustible 
-quantities of ore which is found in dykes or deposits. These 
;are twenty-six in number, but their depth or width has never 
fceen ascertained. For the purpose of mining, or, rather, quar- 
rying the ore, it is only necessary to clear off a light covering 
of earth, and then proceed as in rock quarrying, with powder 


and drill ; and a single blast will very often tear down a hun- 
dred tons. The fronts of ores thus exposed are, in many in- 
stances, nearly a hundred feet high from the floor of the 
workings to the top ; but this is not the depth of the ore, for 
even the floors of these quarries are of solid iron ore and of 
the purest quality, reaching down into the earth to unknown 
depths. Wherever shafts have been sunk for the purpose of 
prospecting, the ore has improved in quality with the depth. 



attained. Developments have been made in these deposits by 
means of hundreds of feet of excavations, tunnels and cuts, 
all of which expose such quantities of ore that it would be dif- 
ficult, if not impossible, to name a place where they are rival- 
ed in extent or in excellence of quality. Under the conditions 
stated, the working of these ore bodies is very light in ex- 
pense. The road to the mine is of easy grade ; single teams 
can be driven to and from any part of them, and haul 4,500 
pounds to the load, while two railroads are but a few miles 


It should be stated here also that the largest operating 
company for the manufacture of machinery and the working 
of brass and iron in Provo city, is the "Provo Foundry and 
Machine Company," of which an organization was effected in 
January of 1886. The present officers are H. H. Cluff , presi- 
dent ; J. E. Booth, secretary ; and John Devey, superintend- 
ent. The main building occupied by the works of the com- 
pany is 80x32 feet. It is two stories high and is built of adobe 
and brick. A commodious molding room in the rear of the 
building is 60x40 feet, besides engine rooms and shops which 
are usually constructed with such works. The company has 
all the latest and most improved machinery planers, turning 



lathes, power drills, and furnaces necessary for brass and iron 
casting, and the baking of cores for hollow iron works, with 
wide capacity, and facilities which do not include those used 
in the manufacture of machinery. At present, but a limited 
number of workmen are employed by reason of the heavy 
cost of pig iron now imported from the east. This difficulty 
will, however, be overcome at no distant day, as the company 
heretofore mentioned, which has in its possession the largest 
iron beds in the country, but a few miles from this city, con- 
template the erection of furnaces for the manufacture of pig 
iron as soon as possible. The foundry company has been 


thoroughly successful in its work, and is daily turning out 
machinery and castings fully equal to those produced by east- 
ern institutions of a like kind. 


The manufacture of fire-proof paint, though still in its in- 
fancy, has already attained considerable importance in Provo. 
The idea of the manufacture of paint from iron ore was first 
suggested to Mr. A. A. Noon, of Provo, by the large quanti- 
. ties of ore thrown aside as waste, for the reason that it was 
considered not of the best quality for fluxing rebellious ores- 
at the smelters. The iron ore possesses a beautiful red color, 
and a little over a year ago experiments were made to manu- 
facture it into paint by crushing the ore to small particles and 


then mixing it with oil. This, when applied to woodwork , 
was found to give a bright, rich color ; l?ut the powder was 
not sufficiently fine. Many difficulties were experienced and 
were only overcome after numberless experiments and at a 
great outlay by the Provo Foundry Company. By a novel 
and original method the ore was reduced as fine as the finest 
flour and the cost of manufacturing the paint reduced to a 
minimum. As soon as the article and its merits grew to be 
known, there came demands from all parts of the territory 
for it ; and the machinery which, when built, was deemed 
equal to supply the trade for years, was found to be altogether 


inadequate. Other and larger machinery was built and, in 
another year, still greater facilities will be imperatively 
necessary. The manufactured article is brown or red, and is 
not only largely fire-proof, but is most excellent for its pre- 
serving qualities in changeable climates. Wherever it has 
been used, it is pronounced to be far superior to the eastern 
article. The ore from which the paint is manufactured is 
from the deposits owned by the " Utah Valley Iron Mining 
and Manufacturing Company, " in Tintic mining district, al- 
ready referred to. 


A fine quality of graphite, or black lead, is mined near 
Payson, Utah County. The mine is owned by the Provo 


Foundry Company. The ore is found on an incline vein 
several feet in thickness. So far as developments have been 
made, the ore improves in grade with the depth attained. At 
present, it is used only as foundry dusting, in the molds into 
which the melted iron is run and its effect is to produce a 
smooth surface which could be secured in no other way. No 
very extensive experiments have been made with this article, 
for the reason that the capital of its owners has been used in 
other directions ; but with proper working and treatment, it 
will certainly become a valuable article of commerce in Utah, 
and soon be among Provo's important industries. 


The largest and most successful woolen mills in the West 
are located at Provo. The excellence of the goods manufac- 
tured grows yearly. Being in the centre of an immense wool 
growing district, it has every opportunity, and the success of 
this institution demonstrates that others have only to enter 
the same field, display like energy and business tact, to reap 
the same gratifying rewards. There is not a doubt that 
Provo could support manufactures capable of working 
$2,000,000 worth of wool annually. The extent of the work- 
ings of the Provo Woolen Mills is evidenced in the facts here 
given, which were furnished by its superintendent, Mr. Reed 


The Provo Woolen Mills Company own a full block of 
ground in the heart of the city upon which the mills stand. 
The mills are run by two Turbine wheels, to each of which 
there is eighteen feet of water pressure. The main part of 
the building is 75x145 feet in dimensions, adjoining which is a 
room 15x33 feet. Running at right angles with the main 
building, while south of and adjoining the room just men- 
tioned, is still another two-story structure, 33x134 feet. The 
main building is four stories in height. There are in the mills, 
wash rooms, bins for storing the wool, eight sets of carders, 
three carders to a set ; grinders to keep the carders in trim ; 


a spooler and reel, and a jack with 240 spindles for making 
yarn ; there are also four self-acting mills, 125 feet long, each 
having 720 spindles ; two machines for spooling the thread ; 
thirty-seven narrow looms for flannels ; nineteen broad ones 
for cassimeres and blankets ; one warp dresser, one shawl 
fringer, and a spooler and beaming frame for arranging the 
warp. A fire pump, with a capacity of 300 gallons per min- 
ute, together with piping through all the works, with fire plugs 
and hose, are the protection which is afforded against fire. 
Moreover, the mill possesses three fullers, three washers, two 
gigs, two presses, two cutters or shear frames, and two 
brushes, one with and one without steam. 

The mills have manufactured nearly 500 designs since the 


day they began operations, in the fall of 1873. The capacity 
of the looms is over 1,000 yards per day, and 1,000 pounds of 
wool is consumed each day. Fully 5,000 pounds of soap is 
used weekly for cleaning the wool ; and since last spring over 
$12,000 has been spent in dye colors. Every year sees an in- 
creased demand in the goods, this demand, outside of the 
home consumption, coming from Montana, Washington, Ida- 
ho and Wyoming Territories, and the States of Nevada, Colo- 
rado, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri, Louisiana, and, in fact, 
from almost every state and territory in the Union. 

It is the largest woolen mill west of the Missouri River, 


and is incorporated for $500,000, in shares of $100 each. Though 
having a hard struggle in the beginning, with excellent man- 
agement it is doing remarkable work to-day, and promises 
even better for the future. 


Large lumber mills, which commenced some years ago, 
and which are situated in the immediate neighborhood of the 
Utah Central and D. & G. Ry. depots, supply all classes of 
\voodwork for Provo, and places not only in the county, but 
at great distances. In fact, it is almost safe to say that not 
a single industry of a manufacturing character has been start- 
ed that has not met with success, in view of which fact it is 


surprising that more extensive work has not been under- 


About sixteen miles east of Provo, on the line of the Den- 
ver & Rio Grande railway, are situated the asphaltum mines 
of the "North American Asphalt Company." There are thir- 
ty-three claims, covering an area of nearly 640 acres. The 
vein is from eight to fourteen feet in thickness, and lies almost 
horizontally. It is the only pure asphaltum in the United 
States. There are other small discoveries in the vicinity, but 
none suitable for paving, nor any of the uses to which as- 
phaltum is put. The latest developments have uncovered de- 
posits containing from 40 to 60 per cent, pure asphaltum. The 
company is a St. Louis organization. Adolphus Busch, the 
wealthy St. Louis brewer, and president of the Anheuser- 
Busch Company, is its president, and among the stockholders, 
officers and directors are such men as Phillip Stock, H. P. 
Taussig, and Charles Nagle. St. V. Le Seiur, the discoverer of 
the deposits, is manager and superintendent. The company 
is now erecting machinery, costing $25,000, for working the 
ores. The building will be three stories high and 114 long 
by forty feet wide. It will be capable of working 100 tons 
every ten hours, and will manufacture everything possible 
from paving material to the finest varnish. Already nearly 
$20,000 has been expended in prospect work and experiments. 
The company is incorporated for $1,000, 000.00 and will, beyond 
doubt, be a signal success, a benefit to the county, of the 
greatest value to Provo City, and of material profit to our 


It may be worthy to note here some branches of industry 
and manufactories which promise immediate and gratifying 
returns upon operations being undertaken, and for which 
Provo seems singularly adapted. Among others are the fol- 
lowing : 


In this connection it may be said that there are no stove 
works west of the Missouri River. At least half of the cost of 
a stove in the inter-mountain states and territories is that of 


freighting. With iron works established, and with the limit- 
less iron resources already mentioned, the manufacture of 
stoves, grates, etc. , upon a large scale, would be a source of im- 
mense and immediate profit. The market afforded is an 
extensive one, comprising Utah, Western Colorado, Idaho, 
Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washing- 
ton Territory, Oregon, and even the east. 


Utah County is the largest fruit producing section between 
the Rocky Mountains and the Coast. Vast quantities are 
shipped to Colorado and surrounding states and territories. 
There is no doubt that a fruit canning establishment upon an 
"extensive scale would pay handsomely. Moreover, the canning 
of other agricultural products is equally possible. The tomato 
in Utah County is a safe crop. Every condition seems to pro- 
pitiate its growth, and its size and rich flavor both recommend 
it as an article that, canned properly, would soon rival and 
perhaps overshadow in the east and west the famed Utah po- 
tato. In this direction alone is an extensive field for enterprise, 
and when we couple with it the richness and size of the Utah 
peach, plum, pear, strawberry, raspberry and grape, it will be 
discovered that in the United States there is no unutilized in- 
dustry in the same direction that rivals Provo in the promises 
held out to enterprise and capital. 


Pickled cucumbers and onions are imported into Utah and 
sold in the Provo market. Better cucumbers and onions are 
raised nowhere in the world, while apples, from which the very 
finest vinegar can be made, lie rotting on the ground and are 
fed to cows and pigs because a market is not offered for them. 


Utah County, with Sanpete, Millard, Juab, Sevier and other 
counties south, of which Provo is the natural key, produce 
wheat in the greatest abundance. Large roller mills would 
receive the great surplus of wheat shipped to other sections, 
and would pay a handsome profit on investment. They would 


find an extensive local market, and a territory east and west 
into Colorado and Nevada and far south. 


This county and others are filled with herds of cattle, the 
greater part of which are marketed outside of the territory. 
An enterprise of the kind indicated would be a source of im- 
mense income to the inaugurates, and would find a virgin field. 
That Utah should have no beef packing establishment, pro- 


Hon. Abraham O. Smoot is one 01 the representative men and pioneers ol Utah. 
He was born in Owen County, Kentucky, on the ijth day of Februray, 1815. He 
joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in 1835, an(i traveled in the 
ministry for about a year and then went to Kirtland, Ohio. In the spring of 1837 he 
returned to Kentucky and in company with H. G. Sherwood organized a company of 
Saints and led them to Far West, where the Saints had located after being driven 
from Jackson County, Mo. He continued in the ministry until the latter part of 1838. 
Was taken prisoner at Far West when that city (which was held by Mormons) fel 1 
before the forces of the milita of the State and the mob. While a prisoner he married 
his first wife, Martha T. McMeans, on the nth day of November, 1838. 

When the Mormons were driven from Missouri in February, 1839, he left with 
them, suffering many privations in the inclement weather, and arrived at Quincy, 111., 
March 8th. He spent the spring months there. From there he moved to Nauvoo 


and went forth again into the ministry. In the Exodus of the Latterday Saints across 
the Plains and Rocky Mountains to Great Salt Lake Valley he led a company of 120 
wagons, sharing the privations and hardships of the dreadful journey with a forti- 
tude that illustrated his character and determination. 

In 1851 he went on a mission to England and on his return conducted a large 
emigration to Salt Lake City. In 1856 he was elected Mayor of Salt Lake City by 
the City Council to fill the vacancy caused by the death of J. M. Grant, the first Mayor 
of that city. In Feb. 1857 he was elected Mayor by the unanimous vote of the people at 
their regular election. By repeated elections he continued in office until February> 
1866. His wise and conservative policy advanced greatly the progress of the city. 
Declining the mayorship in 1866, he served twelve yeai's in the Council branch of 
the Legislature. In February, 1868 he went to Provo and was immediately elected 
mayor of that city. He served Provo twelve years as Mayor without any remunera* 
'ion whatever, just as he served as Mayor of Salt Lake, without salary. He is Presi- 
dent of the First National Bank, Zion's Co-Operative Mercantile Institution, the 
Lumber Company and the Provo Manufacturing Company. 

He has ever worked to advance Provo and Utah County, and has been the financial 
backbone of its business institutions since his connection with the County, over which 
he stands as spiritual head, being President of the Utah County Stake of Zion. A 
man of mighty strength and resources, the hard experiences he has undergone and the 
labors of the past have made him a monument of worth in the region which he has 
aided to reclaim from a desert and transform into a garden dotted with the homes of 
men, who now honor and respect his name. 

ducing the beef it does, and surrounded by a beef producing 
area as it is, is one of the surprises that await the stranger. 


Nearly all the hides produced here are shipped to points 
outside, made into boots and shoes and returned to be sold. 
We pay freight on our own hides both ways, that they may be 
returned in a shape to be worn. That the margin will not 
justify the manufacture, is absurd, especially in view of 
what has been done in Salt Lake in the same direction. No 
argument is needed to show that the manufacture of these' 
articles within the territory would find ready and profitable 

In addition to the industries specially mentioned, there are 
many others that would justify an extensive investment. 
Among them, without exhausting the list, we may mention : 

CHEESE FACTORIES. For butter is a drug at 15 and 20 cents 
per pound. 

A TANNERY. For what is said regarding shoe factories ap- 
plies here. 

CRACKER FACTORY. A market unsurpassed in the west is 
offered such an enterprise. 




Some three years ago, Major Berry, who is owner of a large 
tract of land on the bench, just north of Provo, made some ex- 
periments in the culture of hops ; and while considerable 
difficulty was experienced in the beginning, the results attained 
during the season just past have been of the most gratifying 
nature, and have demonstrated, beyond the peradventure of a 
doubt, that this very important and desirable industry is thor- 


The present Mayor of Provo, Wilson H. Dusen berry, is one of the leading men ot 
Utah county, and is to-day, perhaps, one ofProvo's most useful and generally uti- 
lized citizens. He was born April 7th, 1841, at Perry, Pike county, 111. He is the 
younger brother of Warren N. Dusenberry, Judge of Utah county. Mayor Dusenberry 
was reared in his native State. In 1860, with his father's family, he went to California, 
visiting Provo on the outward trip. After being in California for two years, the broth- 
ers returned to Provo, where, out of respect to their mother's wishes, they remained 
and became identified with the introduction of a systematic and higher edu- 
cation in that city, out of which has grown the present advanced state of educational 
institutions in Utah. He was County Superintendent of schools from 1874 to 1880. 
Wilson Dusenberry began his political record in 1872, when he was elected a mem- 
ber of the Provo City Council, with which he has been associated ever since, 


(excepting for a part of 1874-5) as Councilor, Alderman and Mayor. He was County 
Clerk from 1875 to l %%3. ^ n ! &79 Mayor Dusenberry was elected a member of the 
House branch of the Utah Legislative Assembly. In the same capacity he served in 
1882 and 1884, being a member for three consecutive terms. He was the most prom- 
inent member in that body in securing the adoption of the parliamentary rules which 
still obtain. In 1882 he was chairman ot the House Committee on education and in the 
Territorial Convention that nominated Hon. Jno. T. Caine as delegate 'to Congress, 
he was made President. In 1864 Mayor Dusenberry married his cousin, Harriet V. 
Coray, the niece of the late Delegate, Wm. H. Hooper. She died, leaving two child- 
dren, in 1872. In 1874 he married Margaret T. Smoot, daughter of Hon. A. O. Smoot^ 
of Provo. He is and has been since its inception cashier of the First National Bank of 
Provo. Mayor Dusenberry is quiet and undemonstrative, clear sighted, possessed of 
marked political ability and business sagacity, and, is one of those men whose 
influence has been felt throughout the entire Territory. 

oughly practicable in this locality. It is a new undertaking in 
Utah; and because the soil and locality seemed peculiarly 
adapted to the culture of hops, Mr. Berry was induced to make 
the experiment. On this bench, also, there is good reason to 
believe it is the purpose of eastern capitalists to establish large 
fish ponds, as the water from artesian wells seem specially 
suited to this purpose. 


Moreover, all the land on this bench enjoys the breezes 
which forever come down Provo Canon ; and the value of these 
winds to fruit-growers is inestimable. The frosts of early 
spring, in many quarters, destroy the fruit crops by nipping 
the tender buds ; but wherever there is an unfailing breeze, 
the frost is carried about and, not being permitted to settle on 
the buds which may be shooting out, they are protected and the 
season's fruit crop is assured. 

The soil, also, is a fine sandy loam; and because of its 
natural warmth is well suited to the culture of grapes. The 
canon breeze is also of great benefit in this respect ; and the 
gentle slope of the land being to the west, it enjoys the warmth 
of the afternoon's sun. The result is, not only fruit of the most 
luscious description, grapes large and of rich flavor, but also 
vegetables that are of rapid growth and of early maturity, 
The soil bears all the lighter cereals and vegetables. Potatoes 
and onions are particularly famous, and hundreds of car loads 
of the first named are exported annually, the demand coming 
from parts as far distant as Cincinnati and New Orleans. 


Celery, asparagus, and garden vegetables of all kinds are cul- 
tivated and grown in great quantities. Small fruits abound, 
and the grape, if repetition may be forgiven, is of as fine flavor 
as the celebrated California product. It is dark and rich in 
color, large in size and delicious in quality, and is grown ex- 
tensively throughout the valley. Apples, plums, and apricots 
are raised in large quantities. The climate and soil are par- 
ticularly favorable to the culture of peaches, and nowhere in 
the world are finer ones raised than in Utah. They are uni- 
versally conceded to be superior in every respect to the peaches 


Harvey Harris Cluff, son of David and Elizabeth Hall Cluft, was born January 
9th, 1836, in Kirtland, Ohio, being the seventh of a family of twelve, whose ancestors 
came to America shortly after the landing of the Pilgrims and settled in the "New 
England" States, some of whom served as Legislators, officers and soldiers during the 
struggle for independence, his father being in the war of 1812. 

David Cluff became a convert to the doctrines taught by Joseph Smith and 
moved to Springfield, thence to Nauvoo, where the family remained until the Exodus 
in 1846, when they located at Mount Pisgah, thence they went to Musquito Creek, 
Iowa, where they remained until 1850, at which time they crossed the Plains to Salt 
Lake and located in Provo in October of the same year and joined in completing the 
"log-fort" and school house. In the spring and summer Mr. Cluff tended his father's 
flocks along the base of the Wasatch mountains, improving every opportunity of his 


shepherd lite by studying the Bible, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. 
In the winter of 1854-5 he lived with his brother David, at Parowan, and in 1856 vol- 
unteered, on the 6th of October, to a call of President Brigham Young, to aid the 
late Hand-Cart companies across the Plains. The following day he started from Salt 
Lake City in company with 40 men and 22 mule-teams loaded with provisions and 
clothing. It was on the Sweetwater, near the South Pass, where he aided in saving 
two men from freezing to death. The last of that season's emigration was found at 
the upper crossing of the Platt. Heavy snow storms caused delays at Devil's Gate, 
preventing their arrival in Salt Lake until the middle of December. The experience 
of this trip is beyond description. On the 24th of January, 1857, Mr. Cluff and Mar- 
garet Ann Foster were united in marriage, to whom four children were born, all dying: 
while very young. He was elected City Councilor in 1859 anc ^ ^ n the following year y 
with three brothers, built a large furniture factory and music hall. In 1862 he was 
elected a City Councilor and re-elected in 1864, serving until 1865, when he went to- 
Europe as a missionary, laboring six months in England and two years and a half in 
Scotland as President of the Glasgow Conference, and the last year over the Scottish 
District, returning home in 1868 leading a company of 400 Saints. One year after- 
wards he went to the Sandwich Islands accompanied by his wife. He returned thence in 
1874. He obtained a clerkship in the Provo Co-Operative for three months, served as 
manager of the Utah County Times Publishing Co. two months, and in 1875, by a P~ 
pointment, commenced the duties of Assessor and Collector of Utah County. He con- 
tinued in that office until 1879. In August, 1875, he was ordained by President 
Brigham Young, Bishop over the Fourth Ward Provo. He was again elected City 
Councilor in 1876, and in 1877 he was called into the quorum of the Presidency of the 
Utah Stake of Zion with A. O. Smoot and D. John. In 1879 he was called to preside 
over the mission on the Sandwich Islands, and went, accompanied by his wife. There 
he erected a sugar mill at a cost of $24,000, and commenced a meeting house 35x65, 
returning home in 1882. For several years after his return he superintended the Provo- 
Lumber Manufacturing and Building Company and has been superintendent of the 
erection of Utah Stake Tabernacle from its beginning. On the 2oth of September, 1883, 
his wife died in Provo City. In the beginning of 1884 he was elected President of the 
Provo Theatre Company and in 1886 made Director of the first National Bank of Provo. 
He has yet many useful years before him. 

of either Delaware or California. The trees here are of much 
hardier growth and less subject to the blasting influences of 
the frosts than elsewhere. 


Provo is very properly designated the "Garden City." It 
is the fashion in these days to have a high sounding sub-title 
or name for every city almost in the country. In most cases- 
these names have but little, if not a painfully ridiculous sig- 
nification, and are mostly the result or^ish of the over-confi- 
dent and ambitious citizen. Provo, however, is justly entitled 
to its second name. It is deservedly called the "Garden City " 



of Utah, and the valley, in which it lies like a gem, might 
rightly be termed the garden valley of the west. The soil is 
rich, and the climate of the most favorable kind for the pro- 
duction of that which pleases equally the mind, the eye, and 
the palate. It is the home of the vegetarian, where this phi- 
losophic individual could live and feast the year round, and the 
spot of all others to be favored of an epicure. 


The city is laid out with wide, handsome streets, at right 


Warren Newton Dusenberry was born in Whitehaven, Luzerne County, Pennsyl- 
vania, November ist, 1836. His mother's parents were prominent people in that part 
of the state. Mahlon Dusenberry, the father, moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania 
where he married'Aurilla Coray, the mother. The Dusenberrys are of Holland descent, 
but on both sides the families are ol long American ancestry. The mother was a 
great granddaughter of Abigail Green, sister of General Nathaniel Green, one of the 
most noted commanding generals of the American Revolution. Judge Dusenberry is 
the third child in a family of nine children. 

In 1840 his family, with his grandfather Coray's family, emigrated to Pike county 
Illinois. In 1860 they crossed the Plains going to California with ox and horse teams. 
On this trying and hazardous journey the principal burdens rested upon Warren N., 
who was then twenty-four years of age. Late in the fall of 1862 they returned to 


Utah and located at Provo, where with his brother Wilson H., he soon became the 
leading educator at least of Utah County. He and his brother are not only practi- 
cally the founders of the school system in Provo, but also are to be credited largely 
with the founding of the Brigham Young Academy there. He followed the vocation 
of teaching most of the time until 1874, when he was elected by the Legislative As- 
sembly Probate Judge of Utah County an office he still holds. During the time 
since 1874 Judge Dusenberry has been a practitioner at the bar of the District Courts of 
this territory as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, besides holding nu- 
merous other positions of trust and honor. Prominent among these, and one which 
will ever be a monument of honor to his name, is his connection with the Territorial 
Insane Asylum. His sympathetic sentiments for the distress of his fellows impelled the 
drafting of the bill which became the law creating this institution. To him more than 
any one has been accredited its location at Provo and its present advanced state. For 
more than five years he has been President of the Board of Directors, and most of the 
time chairman of the executive and building committees. With Dr. Pike he made a 
tour of inspection among the asylums of the United States for the information which 
has helped to place Utah's asylum on a much higher plane than any similar institu- 
tion in our inter-mountain region. Judge Dusenberry is a conservative man and has 
exercised great influence in Utah County in bringing it to the front and giving it the 
prestige it now enjoys. 

angles to each other, and attractive public buildings are not 
wanting. Schools were among the first structures that were 
thought of by the early settlers, and from the first adobe room 
built, the system has grown until now, Provo has a complete 
and most excellent school system. In regard to these advant- 
ages, the Garden City perhaps leads the territory ; and with 
two academies, and its public schools, will compare most 
favorably with the east. Churches are not lacking, and the 
utmost freedom of worship, thought and action prevail. All 
the blessings attendant upon civilization elsewhere are found 
in Provo ; and one can live there surrounded with the same 
culture and refinement as in older and wealthier cities east or 

It is conceded that Provo has the best district school house 
in the territory, recently erected at a cost of $20,000. The foun- 
dation is also laid for the Brigham Young Academy, the cost 
of which, when completed, will not be less than $75,000. The 
new Northwest Educational Association has also erected a fine 
building here, known as the Proctor Academy, at a cost of 
$8,000. There are a number of other school houses, new and 
commodious, which would swell largely the aggregate amount 
this thriving city has put into institutions for the education of 
its young. 



One of the finest buildings in the territory is the Tabernacle 
in Provo. It has already cost close on $75,000, and when all 
work is done on it, will not run under $100,000. Besides this 
Ihere are a number of lesser church buildings, as well as Pres- 
byterian, Methodist and other edifices for the worship of God, 
"which give the city a metropolitan air, and offer a variety of 
forms of worship for those who are not particular where the 
-Sabbath is observed. 


S. R. Thurraan was born May 6, 1852, in La Rue County, Kentucky; received an 
:acadnic education; moved to Utah in 1870, and at once commenced teaching school 
at Lehi City, Utah County, which vocation he followed almost exclusively for eight 
years. He then began the practice of law, and went to Ann Arbor, Mich. 1 , 1879, at- 
tending the law lectures for several months at that place. 

He is associated in his profession with Mr. George Sutherland, a firm which, 
vithout doubt, has the largest and best practice of any south of Salt Lake City. Mr. 
"Thurman commenced official life at the early age of twenty-two. From that period 
to the time of his going to Ann Arbor he was an Alderman and member of the City 
Council of Lehi City, and in 1882 was elected Mayor of that place, an office he re- 
signed when moving to Provo in November of the same year. He was a member of 
the House of Representatives of the Utah Legislature in 1882, being the youngest 
anember of that body, and was recognized as one of its ablest members. He was re- 


turned in 1884, 1886, and is a member of the present Legislature, where his influence- 
is second to none. In 1882, together with Hon. John T, Caine, Hon. P. H. Emerson, 
and Governor Arthur L. Thomas, he was appointed to revise and codify the laws oi 
Utah. He is at present, and has been for some years, County Attorney for Utah 
County and Attorney for Provo City. 

Politically he is identified with the history of the Territory. He was a member of 
the Constitutional convention ot 1882, and also of the late Constitutional Convention 
which framed the anti-polygamy constitution. He was chairman of the committee 
which drafted the first declaration of principles or platform of the People's Party, and 
delivered the first political speech in the first political campaign of that party in 1882. 
Of his National politics, he is a pronounced Democrat. Mr. Thurman is a man of 
growing capacity and is one of Utah's prominent lawmakers and politicians. 


The Territorial Insane Asylum is located at Provo. After 
going through several counties in the territory seeking for an 
eligible site for the building, the committee, having the selec- 
tion under control, chose the site now adorned by this building. 
A portion of the structure, the south wing, is completed, at a 
cost of $120,000. It is supplied with all the modern and most 
approved appliances, is surrounded by a beautiful tract of land 
for farming, is built right under the overhanging Wasatch 
peaks, and commands a glorious view almost of the whole 
valley and of the lake on the west. When completed it will 
cost not less than half a million dollars. 

The County Court House and City Hall, a joint building, 
cost $30,000, and occupies a valuable site. Now in course of 
erection and almost completed, is a new County Jail, built 
after the most modern architecture, with steel cells and a 
pleasant and attractive exterior, which will cost $15,000 to 

Perhaps no other city of double its population in the United 
States has so fine a building of amusement as Provo. The 
Provo Opera House has a seating capacity of 900, and cost over 
$30,000. Like all other public institutions in Provo, everything- 
is new and contains all the modern advantages in the line for 
which it was erected. It may be unnecessary to state that a 
city with such a building has a good record among traveling- 
theatrical companies for the number of its amusement-loving- 

There are several hotels in the city which, while not of a 
pretentious nature, nevertheless afford ample accommodations^ 
and all supply a most excellent table. 


The First National Bank of Provo occupies a building that 
cost over $20,000. The Bank was organized and began opera- 
tions in 1882, with a capital stock of $50,000. It has paid 10 
per cent, dividends from the beginning, and has a reserve fund 
aggregating 11 per cent, of the capital. Its stock is to-day 
worth 1.10. The above facts are based upon the institution's 
report of October 5th last, in which also it was shown that 
nearly $3,000 undivided profits were on hand, in addition to 
the reserve fund of $5,000. The officers of the Bank are : A. 

DR. W. B. PIKE. 

Walter R. Pike, M. D., was born in Norfolk county, England, on the 8th of 
June, 1848. He came to the United States alone at the age of sixteen years, having 
previously spent some time at sea. After traveling for three years in the western 
country and putting up with the inconveniences and roughness peculiar to western 
life in earlier days, he settled down to the study of medicine in Salt Lake City, being 
then nineteen years of age Under Dr. J. S. Ormsby he studied for two years; then, 
he entered the drug business, pursuing that vocation for over five years and until he 
obtained a most thorough knowledge of drugs and medicines. He then went east in 
1876 and graduated from the medical department of the University of Vermont in 
1877, From here he went to New York City, entering the University of New York, 
from which he graduated in 1878, taking the two degrees in as many years. He then 
returned to Utah and located in Provo, where he began the practice of medicine and 


has remained there continuously ever since, excepting one year'of practice in Salt 
Lake City. He preferred the former place, however, and returned there, where his 
practice and influence have grown together. He has held for several years the posi- 
tion of county and city Quarantine physician, but resigned both upon being appointed 
Medical Superintendent of the Territorial Insane Asylum, which is located at Provo 
and which was opened in 1885. The Doctor is advanced and yet conservative in his 
ideas, is of a very progressive turn and has won a wide reputation and been more 
than ordinarily successful. 

O. Smoot, president ; Wilson H. Dusenberry, cashier ; with a 
directory of strong and trustworthy men. There is ample room 
and a most excellent opening here for at least one other bank. 
One hundred thousand dollars to $150,000 could be safely in- 
vested in this direction. 

Being so centrally located, with so many advantages, there 
is one thing that is surprising to the inquirer and the business 
men the absence of jobbing houses equal to the opportunities 
the city affords. One large wholesale house, which must have 
cost all of $30,000. stands near the depots of the two railroads. 
The signs are that Provo will soon occupy the position as a 
jobbing centre, which its geographical situation undoubtedly 
warrants. Provo's legitimate market is the whole of the 
southern, eastern and western parts of Utah and of Western 
Colorado all mining and growing agricultural areas. 


Provo is a chartered city, and has been one for many years. 
Its present officers are : Mayor, Wilson H. Dusenberry ; Al- 
dermen, A. O. Smoot, Jr., Walter Scott, W. H. Brown, J. E. 
Booth; Councilors, Roger Farrer, Charles D. Glazier, Evan 
Wride, Win. McCullough, David Holdaway, John M. Hold- 
away, Joseph T. McEwan and James A. Bean. 

The "Utah Enquirer" is the oldest paper in the county. 
It is a semi-weekly ; the "American" is of recent birth and 
issued weekly. Besides these, which are newspapers, are the 
"Utah Industrialist," a monthly magazine, and the "Home 
Circle," a literary periodical. 

The Chamber of Commerce, under whose direction this 
pamphlet is published , was organized in September last. To-day 
it has a membership of sixty, and is second to none in the ter- 
ritory in the effectiveness of its work, in the unity of its 
members and in the determination with which it pushes to 



completion any policy that may be adopted as the sense of the 
Chamber. Its officers are : Wilson H. Dusenberry, president ; 
James Dunn, first vice-president; A. A. Noon, second vice- 
president ; who, with S. S. Jones, Reed Smoot. W. C. A. Smoot, 
Jr., F. H. Simmons, Richard Brereton, W. R. H. Paxman and 
Joseph A. Harris, constitute the directory. George Sutherland 
is secretary, with Ed L. Jones, treasurer. 


David John was born at Little New Caslle, Pembrokeshire, South Wales, January 
29t"h, 1833. He was the son of Daniel John and Mary Williams. His father was an in- 
fluential farmer. His parents were members of the Baptist church, many of his family 
being ministers of that denomination. It was designed by the family that John also 
should be educated for the ministry ; and for this purpose he spent four years in the Bap- 
tist College, Haverford, West South Wales. He became identified with the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on the 6th of February, 1856, and is still a mem- 
ber of that body. On the 6th of April, 1861, he sailed in the ship Manchester ; from 
Liverpool to New York, arriving m Salt Lake City in September of the same year, 
whence he went direct to Provo, and has since resided there. He has spent years in the 
ministry of his church, abroad and at home. He has combined business with religion, 
tor he has been a school teacher and a business man in the Provo Co-Operative Institu- 
tion; in the Provo Woolen Factory, and in the Lumber Company, which originated 
with the firm of Smoot & Johns. He left the factory to fulfill the duties assigned him 
in the church. He served as one of the trustees of the Provo district schools for fifteen 


years, and for as many years he has served as a member of the Board of Directors 
of the Provo Co-Operative Institution. He is now in the prime of life, and gives 
promise of still being of much use to his church and his country. 


The city property is assessed at $721,863, which is about 
one-fourth of the fair cash valuation. On this amount for city 
purposes, six mills on the dollar are assessed, making the tax, 
on an actual cash valuation, only one and one-half mills on the 
dollar. The county taxable property is placed at $3,386,000, 
which is about one-third of its cash value. The territorial, 
school, and county tax on the assessed valuation, amounts, in 
all, to eleven mills on the dollar, which brings the actual tax 
down to three and two-thirds mills on the dollar. The munici- 
pal, county, school, and territorial taxes, the total on an actual 
cash valuation, aggregates therefore, but five and one-sixth 
mills on the dollar. On this showing there need be said no 
words of commendation. It tells its own tale. 


Both the Utah Central and the Denver & Rio Grande 
Western Railways run through Provo City. The former is run 
in connection with the Union Pacific, and is practically one of 
its branch lines. It extends some 200 miles south of Provo, 
and makes this city the supply quarter, largely, for Southern 
Utah. From the south, all wool passes through Provo to local 
points, before being exported east, and a vast amount of it 
finds a home market at the Provo Woolen Mills already re- 
ferred to. Provo is the junction of the Denver & Rio Grande 
Western Railway with the Utah Central. It is also the nearest 
city of any importance to the boundless coal fields, situated 
some sixty miles distant, near the main line of the Denver & 
Rio Grande Railway, in what is known as "Pleasant Valley." 

There is absolutely no limit to the coal supply ; and with this 
considered, in connection with the colossal iron deposits here- 
tofore mentioned, it gives a solid character and reliability to 
the prediction already made, that Provo is destined to become 
the seat of immense manufactures ; especially for the produc- 
tion of crude iron, if nothing be said of the numerous branches 
that necessarily follow upon the production of pig iron. 


It is important to note in this connection that south of 
known as the "Weber Pass," through which the Union 
Pacific now runs, there is no really practicable route for a new 
railroad (and the number that are now rapidly rushing to Utah 
from the east may not be counted on the fingers of one's hand), 
until Provo Canon is reached. This gives foundation to the 
prediction that several through lines from the east are destined 
to come to Provo ; and, as other cities of magnitude east of 
Provo are impossible, because of the unfavorable conditions of 


Samuel Stephen Jones, one of the founders of Utah County commerce, (and at 
the present time a prominent merchant of Provo City), was born at the Angel Inn, , 
Brentford, England, in February, 1837. 

Mr. Jones obtained his business experience with the firm of Bardsley & Son, Tea 
Merchants, Tottenham Court Road. London, which was also a post and money order 
office. He came to Utah with the never to be forgotten Hand-cart Company, in 1856. 
After passing through for several years the harsh vicissitudes of early western life, he 
engaged in business with Messrs. Birch & Stubbs, of Provo City. Later he embarked 
in the mercantile business himself. He took a leading part in establishing the Co- 
Operative movement in Provo, and acted as superintendent of the Provo Co-Operative 
Institution for several years. Mr. Jones' present business is second only in Provo 


City to the Co-Operative institution. Besides his store at Provo, he has a brancf* 
establishment at Price, Emery Co., and conducts also the business of charcoal burn- 
ing at his kilns in Spanish Fork Canyon from which the Germania & Hanauer Smel- 
ters, in Salt Lake Valley are supplied. 

Of his public service it may be noted that he was Adjutant in the Provo militia;, 
assisted in raising supplies and forwarding troops to San Pete and Sevier during the 
Indian campaign of 1862, and accompanied Col. Nuttall with a company of men to- 
the Sevier. He has been in the City Council several terms as Councilor and Alderman. 
In fine, S. S. Jones for many years has been in various spheres a representative man- 
in the Provo commonwealth, and a pillar of its commercial fabric, as he is to-day. 

the country lying there, it necessarily follows that, the im- 
portance of Provo as a railroad town and a manufacturing 
centre is necessarily and incalculably enhanced. 


At the base of the Wasatch range of mountains, and at a> 
point where its peaks rise abruptly, reaching upward until 
their tops seem almost to pierce the sky, lies the manufacturing 
centre of the coming State of Utah. It is about four miles- 
south of a mountain canon of the same name as that of the 
city. Through this canon the Timpanogas River, or the river 
of "Stony Waters," 'as the Indians graphically name it r 
dashes its course, until, in spreading through numerous artifi- 
cial arteries and veins, it pours upon the teeming acres that 
lie between the mountains and the pleasant bosom of Utah 
Lake. The high embankment north of the city forces the river 
to sweep in a semi-circle to the south and west. The river is 
thus thrown above the city, and gives ample supply for all the- 
purposes of manufacture and for irrigation. Along its course- 
have grown up beautiful groves, interspersed with fruitful 
fields and pleasant meadows. In and around there are lovely 
and quiet drives and lanes, with wild roses, flowers and shrubs- 
growing in rich profusion. 

The Utah Lake is on the west of the city. It is the largest 
fresh water body in the west, and can be reached in a twenty 
minutes' drive. The view from any point north, south, or 
east only lends fresh charm i;o the effective scene. Into the- 
bosom of the lake pour the waters of the American, Timpano- 
gas, and Spanish Fork Rivers, and its outlet is in the Great 
Salt Lake, through the Jordan River. The city, during the 
summer, is clothed in a complete verdure of fruit, ornamental 



and shade trees. The lay of the city, with its broad and level 
streets, as seen from the mountains, afford a soft and pleasing 
vista. Through the trees the main buildings of the city can 
be seen, and off to the west slopes a stretch of fruitful farming 
land with its contrast, in regularly laid out fields of yellow and 
of green. The lake spreads out from this latter point, and the 
opposite range of mountains on the western side of the valley, 
breaks the view, forming a fitting background for a scene of 
such pastoral loveliness. The mountains are famous for their 

A. A. NOON. 


The lite of A. A. Noon has been one ot many strange scenes and circumstances. 
He was born in Middlesex, England, on the 28th ot June, 1837. His father was a 
professor of languages in London; was educated in Goltenberg, Germany; served in 
the Prussian navy and finally settled in London, where he practiced his profession. 
A. A. Noon left London for New Orleans, when but a boy, in 1851 at the time of the 
^great excitement in California. From America he went to Australia at the time of the 
great rush to the gold fields, and with that wave went to Ballarat, Bendigo, and other 
noted mining sections. There he prospected and worked in the mines, and was rea- 
-sonably successful. He went from Australia to India and was at Calcutta at the time 
of the excitement because of the massacre at Delli. From India he went to England 
-again; thence to Africa, where, in connection with his brother, Adolphus H. Noon, he 
Tielped to establish, among the first, the sugar enterprise of Port Natal, and owned, 
fcy rental, the Ispingo estate, a farm of one thousand acres, from which, under their 


management, were shipped large quantities of sugar, and placed the estate in a 
position to ship hundreds of tons per year, so that it is to-day one of the great sugar 
estates of Natal. While in Natal he was appointed quartermaster of a volunteer com- 
pany for the protection of the colony against the savages Kaffers. He visited the 
Grequas soon after they first crossed the mountains to No Man's Land, and had some 
business with them, and by some suggestions, which they acted upon, averted trouble 
between them and the surrounding tribes of savages. From this country he emigrated 
to America ; married in Nebraska to the oldest daughter of Henry and Martha Smith,. 
who emigrated to this country from Africa. He was one of the contractors in Echo* 
Canon, on the U. P. R. R., under Brigham Young's contract; went to Tintic, 
Utah, in 1870, at the opening of that mining district and assisted in laying off and lo- 
cating, with A. H. Noon, the present site of Eureka City. He always took much in- 
terest in the great iron deposits in that region and, with A. H. Noon, was among the 
early locaters there. Since 1876 he became more and more interested in those great 
iron deposits and by his continued perseverance succeeded in getting an incorporation 
organized with the leading men of Utah County, which was accomplished September 
2, 1884. These iron fields bid fair to make of Provo a Pittsburg, tor they are inex- 
haustible and are reierred to in this pamphlet elsewhere. Under his management 
the first iron plant was made in Utah in commercial quantities and he took the first 
into market and sold it. The entei prise is still under his management, as is the Utah* 
Valley Iron Mining and Manufacturing Company's properties. With his son, Henry 
A. Noon, and Harry Goodwin, he is now carrying on the American, a paper devoted 
to the mining, manufacturing and the general interests of the country. 

grandeur and majesty. Off to the south, over an arm of the 
lake, towers Mt. Nebo, at a height of 12,000 feet. It is but a 
few miles from the city, and all through the year eternal snow 
crowns its sky-embosomed head. The peaks that stand as- 
ever watchful sentinels to the east of the city, are over 10,OOO 
feet high, and have all the characteristics of the Alps, save 
only, it may be, the never departing snows. In the fall of the 
year, when the foliage is brightened by the early frosts, they 
present that rich picture which makes the mountain home 
always the one endearing spot in after life. The beauty of 
the autumnal tints everywhere shown in contrast with the 
rugged, worn, seared, seamed and scarred visage of the granite 
fronts, cliffs and precipices, form a picture too enduring to> 
fade away from the mind with change of scene and home, as. 
in softer and milder localities. 

The abundance of winged game about Utah Lake in early- 
days, made it a noted resort for the Ute Indian, after whom,. 
as already stated, the county and territory seem to have been 
named. And it is a pity the other names of springs and creeks 
in this lovely basin have not been preserved as well as that of 
the "Timpanogas," "Pomountquint," "Waketeke," "Pin- 


quan," " Pequinnetta," "Petenete," "Pungun," "Watago," 
"Onapah," "Timpah," "Mouna," etc. These have all been 
superseded and their memory seems to fast he fading away, 
like the races to whom they were first known. 

The suburbs of Provo are essentially pastoral in their air, 
quiet and pastoral in their surroundings. Here the scene is 
such that one weary of life, after searching through all the 
world for the rest denied under busier skies, might at last find 


James E. Daniels, son oi James Daniels and Elizabeth Salthouse, was born Feb- 
ruary, 1825, in Manchester, England. He emigrated to the United States in the fall 
of 1842 with his mother's family, in the ship Medford, and landed at New Orleans. 
In passing up the river they were ice-bound at St. Louis during the winter. In the spring 
of 1843 ne went to Quincy, 111., where he had a sister living. From here in 1845 he moved 
to Nauvoo, where he worked at cabinet making. After the Exodus from Nauvoo he 
moved back to Quincy, 111., and fitted out for the trip to Salt Lake Valley. Crossing 
the Plains in 1850, in Captain Milo Andrus' company, he arrived in Salt Lake City the 
last of August, of that year. He had married the year previously, and stayed in Salt 
Lake City until December, when he moved to Utah county and assisted in founding 
the town of IVyson, his being the fourth family that settled at that place. lie next 
moved to Provo City in the fall of 1854, where he has resided until the present time. 


He worked at the carpenter business until 1870, when, on the resignation of E. F. 
Sheets, he was appointed Assessor and Collector for Utah county. 

In 1874 he was elected county Recorder, and also county Treasurer, which offices 
he filled until the year 1882. He was again elected to those offices at the last general 
election. He also served two terms in the Provo City Council as Alderman, and fig- 
ured to some extent in the military affairs of the county. He was with General Pace 
in the Black Hawk war in San Pete, acting as Adjutant on his staft. He served in 
the famous Echo Canyon Expedition, and was afterward elected Lieutenant-Colonel 
of the first Regiment of Utah county Militia, under L. John, Nuttall, Colonel. He was 
commissioned by Governor Durkee, and held that rank when the Utah Militia was 

some comfort of life, with the promise of peace and freedom 
that nature holds out in this beautiful region. 

The scenery in Provo Canon and, in fact, throughout the 
different canons that open into this valley of valleys, outrivals 
that of more famed localities in Colorado. The " Bridal Veil 
Falls," with their numerous cascades, broken into a gauzy veil 
as they pour over numberless rocks, until there is left of the 
stream nothing but the white spray, over which the rainbow 
tints play wherever the sun strikes it, is pronounced by artists 
to be among the most beautiful and picturesque bits of scenery 
which the whole Rocky Mountain region affords ; [while the 
grandeur of the canon at the mouth, with its high browed cliffs 
and deeply-seamed-face, is uneclipsed by and no less impressive 
than the far-famed "Garden of the Gods." Moreover, the 
abundance of large game of deer, of antelope, and of bear 
in the mountains will add an additional charm to those who 
are interested in hunting sports : while the easy distance with 
which game can be found in this region, robs hunting of 
the labor that characterizes it elsewhere, and makes it to 
those who like that sort of recreation, a source of unmixed 

The climate is equable and bracing during the falj, winter 
and spring months, while the heat of summer is tempered and 
its enervating tendencies mitigated by cool winds. The air is 
invigorating, bracing and wonderfully pure and clear, and 
the nights, naturally pleasant, are made the more delightful 
by the night wind which, sweeping from the canons and down 
the ravines, and in its flight passing over the untrodden snow 
of ages, refreshes the body and more than compensates for 
whatever of heat may have been felt during the day. 

A bathing resort has already been established on the shores 



of the lake, and at a point where the Denver & Rio Grande 
Railway skirts the edge of the water, a grove of trees has been 
planted and is in a flourishing condition. The shore and bot- 
tom is hard and sandy and is sheltered by a bluff some fifteen 
feet high, which protects it from the east winds. The tem- 
perature of the water is, during the bathing season, warmer 
than that of the ocean; and the fact that fishing may be in- 
dulged in, together with yachting and bathing, will give to 
Utah Lake an advantage over any other resort in the territory. 


Hon. John B. Milner was born at Grindley-on-the-Hill, Nottingham, England, 
January 27, 1830, and came to Utah in 185$. Ue received a good education which 
he improved by persistent application during leisure hours, and which did him excel- 
lent service in his subsequent career in the literary and professional world. In 1854 
he took up his residence in Frovo, which has been his permanent home ever since. 
For a brief period, after settling in Provo, he was engaged in school teaching, but 
devoted much of his time to the study of law in which he soon developed both a fond- 
ness and aptitude. His subsequent and prominent identification with the bar of 
Provo brought him before the public in all of the important cases on trial in the local 
and district courts. In the celebrated trials before Judge Cradlebaugh, Mr. Milner 
left nothing in doubt as to his ability, and he has ever since been classed among the 
able lawyers of the Territory, few possessing greater powers of eloquence as a pleader. 


At various times during his protracted residence in Provo he has filled the offices ot 
Internal Revenue Assessor, District, County and City Attorney, Justice of the Peace, 
County Assessor and Collector, and has sat in the City Council and in the Territorial 
Legislature, where his eloquence as a speaker, received due recognition. Mr. Milner 
has also been prominent in the religious affairs of his church and is regarded to-day 
as one of the ablest and most eloquent preachers in the Territory. 

It demands no unreasonable stretch of the imagination to 
picture in the mind's eye an early day when, along the shores 
of this lovely stretch of water, for miles and miles, there will 
be beautiful drives, handsome villas, surrounded by private 
gardens, ornamented and adorned. And during the summer, 
pleasure boats will ply from point to point on the lake ; while 
its bosom will be dotted with the white sails of countless 
yachts dancing upon its tiny waves. This, with those rich 
and rare sunsets, known only to the Rocky Mountain region, 
when the heavens burn with living colors ; when cloud upon 
cloud, towering high above each other in the pure atmosphere 
seems bent upon destruction ; or, when the rays from the sink- 
ing sun melt the mild heavens into the tenderest tints, throwing 
a halo of light and radiant glory over the darkening earth 
all, all give that variety so necessary to the soul of him who 
loves nature for nature's dear self. 


The " Industrialist" of Provo has the following co-ming- 
ling of the sublime and the ridiculous, which yet tells a tale 
of the beauty and loveliness of a morning in this charmed 

Provo has one peculiarity about it, that is not experienced 
in any other town along the base of the Wasatch Mountains. 
In other climes and in other places twilight begins after sun- 
set, but here we have it before sunrise. At this point of the 
range there are no foothills ; no gradual slope, nor benches ; 
and Centre Street runs slap up to the big toe of the Wasatch. 
On the western side of Utah Lake we see the sunlight on the 
peaks of the Oquirrh range, filling its ragged sides with a glow 
far beyond the reach of the artist's brush. But it is yet twi- 
light in Provo for the majestic sun has hours yet in which to 
climb up the mighty wall that bound us on the east before he 
pokes his head over the summit to bid us good morning. And 


what a morning ! The pines, the massive rocks, the autumn 
tinted groves, yawning precipices, the snows of centuries 
perched away up amid the clouds ; the awful grandeur of 
^ach intensified in the smiles of the God of day. 

It is a scene well worth traveling to behold well worth 
lying over one night in Provo to experience. Old travelers 
declare that during the course of their wanderings over the 
earth, scenes were encountered that enchanted other senses 
besides that of sight. They desired to be alone, for there was 
something supernatural in their surroundings and the sound 
of a human voice would be sacriligious. We felt that way 
upon first beholding a Provo sunrise, and while standing at 
the chamber window in the face of nature and the mighty 
works of God, there was wonder crept through our heart as 
^111 urchin yelled out from the veranda, "say mister, if yer 
want yer breakfast yer got to hustle. The spuds are on the 
table an' dad done said grace." 


That Provo is destined to be a great city, none who know 
tier opportunities, or who appreciate the extent of her re- 
sources can doubt. The day of her more rapid growth may 
be delayed beyond what is now anticipated. We do not think 
so. But it will come as sure as the sun is to rise. If the 
united effort of all her citizens avail aught ; if there be any 
teaching in the experience of the past ; if a heaven blessed 
country, of boundless mineral resource, and almost limitless 
-agricultural productions ; if healthful influences and equabili- 
ty of climate; if the greatest of natural attractions give prom- 
ise of due appreciation, then is Provo destined to become a 
city of importance and those who come earliest will be made 
most welcome and will participate in the fortune and favors 
that await the honest, thrifty and industrious, the health seek- 
er and the lover of virtuous pleasures.